Miss Teen Norfolk Gabbi Ryan turns into golden statue on Cromer Pier in aid of hospice

Miss Teen GB hopeful Gabbi Ryan as a golden statue. Picture: DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS

Miss Teen GB hopeful Gabbi Ryan as a golden statue. Picture: DAVE 'HUBBA' ROBERTS - Credit: Archant

Golden girl Gabbi Ryan has broken through the £1,000 barrier in her bid to raise funds for a children's hospice.

Gabbi, 18, who holds the title Miss Teen Norfolk, stood stock still as a golden human statute on Cromer Pier for five hours during weekend celebrations to mark 200 years of British piers.

Passers-by put coins in collecting buckets shaken by her mum Amanda Ryan and friend Yasmin Macklin-Page. She raised £159.75 on the day, taking her total to £1,105.96.

Gabbi, of Swafield, near North Walsham, is raising funds for Claire House Children's Hospice, on the Wirral, as part of her bid to become Miss Teen Great Britain.

For her latest stunt she covered herself in gold body paint and wore a skin-tight gold catsuit.

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'It wasn't too bad. At one point it was quite windy and my wig had to be tied down!' she said.

'I was holding a baton so when anyone gave me money I did a little twirl to say 'thank you'. I had bad cramp in my legs but it didn't really bother me until I started walking after I'd finished.'

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Since March she has raised cash through cake sales, tombolas, car-boot sales, another human statue stint on the pier, a hula hoop marathon, and through part of the proceeds of a sponsored pogo-stick mile.

Gabbi, who hopes for a modelling, dancing and performing career, said she had also been busy making public appearances in her Miss Teen role, including with the drug and alcohol support charity the Matthew Project at the weekend's Worstead Festival, and as a judge at a Community Sports Foundation talent show in The Forum, Norwich.

And this Sunday, August 3, she will be accompanying the RNLI's Stormy Sam mascot as part of Cromer Lifeboat Day.

Gabbi has also started volunteering once or twice a week at North Walsham's information office, based at its New Road council building.

'I talk to the general public and I'll be helping out with North Walsham in Bloom and the Christmas lights,' she said.

She will take part in the Miss Teen GB finals in Blackpool on August 30 and 31.

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